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Josh Johnson's return to Miami will add a much needed ace to the Marlins' rotation
Again, a lot of people want to pick Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw or Philly's Roy Halladay for this award. Although it will be a close race, Johnson will rise to the occasion and take the National League's Cy Young Award in 2012.
Prior to Johnson's injury in 2011, he was considered to be one of the best pitchers in the National League. This season, he will reclaim that honor. With an offense that should be improved and a defense that is already above average, Johnson should be able to, at the very least, rack up the wins in Miami.
Johnson's chances of winning the award will be contingent on whether or not Miami does well. Johnson's situation probably won't be like Seattle's Felix Hernandez, the year he won the Cy Young, in which the pitcher won despite playing for a team with a very poor record.
Really, there are at least half a dozen pitchers in the National League that could win this award. When all is said and done, though, Johnson will do just enough to win.
Clayton Kershaw, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Roy Halladay, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Adam Wainwright, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals